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In Act 1 of Romeo and Juliet, what is the nurse's opinion of Paris? This is in Act 1...

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lolodancer | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted April 29, 2012 at 5:24 PM via web

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In Act 1 of Romeo and Juliet, what is the nurse's opinion of Paris? 

This is in Act 1 Scene 3, when the Nurse, Lady Capulet, and Juliet are talking. 

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lffinj | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

Posted April 29, 2012 at 6:16 PM (Answer #1)

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In Act 1, Scene 3, Lady Capulet seeks out Juliet to have a conversation with her about marrying Paris.  Although Lady Capulet initially asks the Nurse to leave, she then quickly calls her back into the room.  After Lady Capulet tells Juliet that Paris would like to marry her, the Nurse chimes in and says, in part, "As all the world-why he's a man of wax" (1.3.82).  This means that Paris is the ideal man; similar to what an artist would make out of wax.  The Nurse is trying to support Lady Capulet by further saying, "Nay, he's a flower, in faith, a very flower" (1.3.84).  This is a general compliment towards Paris.  in his plays, Shakespeare uses many references to nature and this is one of many.  In this scene, the Nurse, has nothing but positive remarks about Paris.

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